Keyes to seek Mikulski's Senate seat

November 13, 1991|By Tom Bowman | Tom Bowman,Washington Bureau of The Sun

WASHINGTON -- Alan L. Keyes, a conservative Republican who lost to Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, D-Md., three years ago, will now try to oust the state's other Democratic senator, Barbara A. Mikulski.

Mr. Keyes, 41, a former United Nations official who heads TC non-profit group that monitors government spending, has filed his candidacy papers for the 1992 race and has scheduled a campaign kickoff for next Wednesday in Towson.

Mr. Keyes said the public's dissatisfaction with Congress can change only through electing "better senators" who will stop the federal "spending spree."

"Barbara Mikulski is a part of that problem," he said. "She represents a failed ideology."

Mr. Keyes used some of those same arguments against Mr. Sarbanes, who handily defeated the GOP candidate, 62 percent to 38 percent, in 1988. It was the first political race for Mr. Keyes, a former assistant secretary of state who worked with Jeane J. Kirkpatrick when she was U.N. ambassador.

Mr. Keyes heads Citizens Against Government Waste, which studies government spending and organizes grass-roots efforts to curb it. Since earlier this year, Mr. Keyes also has been interim president of Alabama A&M University in Huntsville.

Two other Republicans, Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly and Stuart Hopkins, a consultant on issues related to the disabled, have announced their candidacies for the Senate seat.

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